Jay Allen Sanford 9:45 p.m., May 19
Zumbar Coffee is tucked away in a tiny strip off Sorrento Valley Road in the Golden Triangle, right near the train station. Despite the obscure setting, it's a favorite spot of students and workers in the many surrounding technology parks.
Coffee is roasted on the premises, using a vintage cast iron roaster.
The folks at Zumbar can sure make a great Americano. I've mentioned before how difficult it is to find a good one, it's not just pouring hot water into whatever comes out of the machine. I had two Americanos ($2.75) on my visit (which I will regret later when I am up at 3 am), made by two different people, and the results were spot on both times, very consistent. And they use those nice thick mugs that keep it hot for a good long time.
There's a small selection of baked goods to go with your drink, made by Opera Patisserie, and bottled juices are available.
Image source: Zumbar Coffee website.
Zumbar's menu has a daily French press coffee, two daily espressos and a daily cold brew, free wifi, and beans available for purchase.
10920 Roselle Street #106
San Diego, CA 92121
Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 1:30pm
Free lot parking.